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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 152 apps in various categories. Among a plethora of freeware products, we have selected some gems in each category and added them to the list with clear and brief descriptions of each app.

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Foobnix - lightweight and functional music player for Linux:
http://foobnix.com/en/index.html

 

Antimony - free graph-based 3D CAD system:

http://www.mattkeeter.com/projects/antimony/3/

 

LibreCAD:

http://librecad.org/cms/home.html

 

Using ZeroTier One you can create a global provider-independent virtual private cloud network in minutes:

https://www.zerotier.com/

 

DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index

 

nQuake:

http://www.nquake.com/

"... LeoCAD is a CAD program for creating virtual LEGO models. It has an easy to use interface and currently includes over 6000 different pieces created by the ​LDraw community ...":

http://www.leocad.org/trac

 

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects:
http://www.openscad.org/

 

Brackets - text editor:

http://brackets.io/

Archimedes is a free and open source CAD software:

http://archimedescad.github.io/Archimedes/

 

"... Kexi is an open source visual database applications creator, a long-awaited competitor for programs like MS Access
or Filemaker ..." (part of Calligra suite):

http://www.kexi-project.org/

 

EGroupware is a multi-user, web-based groupware suite:

http://www.egroupware.org/products-and-prices/egroupware-community-editi...

 

Onepoint project:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/opproject/

 

PhotoQt - image viewer:
http://photoqt.org/

 

Imperium - "... Open Source Web Based Business Management and Accounting Software -- Imperium provides a database of Contacts, Work Orders, Invoices and Accounts - the core functionality to manage your business finances. Integrates with email (SMTP, IMAP) and Google Services (contacts, tasks, calendar) ...":

https://github.com/edoceo/imperium

 

Frinika is a free complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more:

http://frinika.appspot.com/

 

"... BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development ...":

http://brlcad.org/

 

Bonita BPM:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/bonita/

Vokoscreen - recording screencasts with audio:

http://www.kohaupt-online.de/hp/

 

"... Sysdig is open source, system-level exploration: capture system state and activity from a running Linux instance, then save, filter and analyze. Sysdig is scriptable in Lua and includes a command line interface and a powerful interactive UI, csysdig, that runs in your terminal. Think of sysdig as strace + tcpdump + htop + iftop + lsof + awesome sauce. With state of the art container visibility on top ...":

http://www.sysdig.org/

 

Speed Dreams is a 3d cross-platform, open source motorsport simulation and racing game:

http://www.speed-dreams.org/

 

"... Destination Sol ... Pilot your ship in the seamless open world made of space, planets, and more. Find new ships and equipment, find allies and beat all the enemies ...:"

http://store.steampowered.com/app/342980/

NINJA-IDE:
http://ninja-ide.org/

 

TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with the TeX document production system:
https://www.tug.org/texlive/

 

X2Go enables you to access a graphical desktop of a computer over a low bandwidth (or high bandwidth) connection:

http://wiki.x2go.org/doku.php/doc:newtox2go

 

Compton is a lightweight, standalone composite manager, suitable for use with window managers that do not natively provide compositing functionality:

https://github.com/chjj/compton

 

easystroke is a gesture-recognition application:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/easystroke/

MuPDF - a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer:

http://mupdf.com/

 

"... Unison is a file-synchronization tool for OSX, Unix, and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other ...":

http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/

 

"... Noise is a fast and beautiful GTK3 audio player with a focus on music and libraries ...":

https://launchpad.net/noise

 

Audience - a modern video player that brings the lessons learned from the web home to the desktop:

https://launchpad.net/audience

 

gummi - simple LaTeX editor:

https://github.com/alexandervdm/gummi

youtube-viewer - a lightweight application for searching and streaming videos from YouTube:

https://github.com/trizen/youtube-viewer

https://code.google.com/p/trizen/

 

TypeCatcher allows you to search, browse, and download Google webfonts for off-line use:

https://launchpad.net/typecatcher

 

TLP brings you the benefits of advanced power management for Linux without the need to understand every technical detail:

https://github.com/linrunner/TLP

 

Lime Text is a powerful and elegant text editor primarily developed in Go that aims to be a Free and open-source software successor to Sublime Text:
http://limetext.org/

 

Diodon - GTK+ Clipboard Manager:

https://launchpad.net/diodon

"... The Silver Searcher is a tool for searching code. It started off as a clone of Ack, but their feature sets have since diverged slightly. In typical usage, Ag is 5-10x faster than Ack ...":

http://geoff.greer.fm/ag/

 

Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line:

http://www.ledger-cli.org/

 

get_iplayer - a utility for downloading TV and radio from BBC iPlayer:

https://github.com/get-iplayer/get_iplayer

 

pianobarfly is a console client for the personalized web radio Pandora:

https://github.com/nega0/pianobarfly

"... With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy ...":

http://electron.atom.io/

 

Ncdu is a disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface:

http://dev.yorhel.nl/ncdu

 

Ring (formerly SFLphone) is a free distributed multimedia communication software:
http://www.ring.cx/

 

DuckieTV is a TV-show calendar:

http://schizoduckie.github.io/DuckieTV/

 

PhotoFlow - A fully non-destructive photo retouching program providing a complete layer-based workflow including RAW image development:

https://github.com/aferrero2707/PhotoFlow

 

The LaZagne project is an open source application used to retrieve lots of passwords stored on a local computer. Each software stores its passwords using different techniques (plaintext, APIs, custom algorithms, databases, etc.). This tool has been developed for the purpose of finding these passwords for the most commonly-used software:

https://github.com/AlessandroZ/LaZagne

 

quvi - The command-line-tool suite to access the flash media stream properties:

http://quvi.sourceforge.net/

 

MPFC is a gstreamer-based audio player with curses interface:

https://code.google.com/p/mpfc/

 

Rage media player:

https://phab.enlightenment.org/phame/live/1/post/rage_media_player_0_1_0...

 

"... xombrero is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks. In additional to providing a familiar mouse-based interface like other web browsers, it offers a set of vi-like keyboard commands for users who prefer to keep their hands on their keyboard ...":

https://github.com/conformal/xombrero

 

sandy is an ncurses text editor:

http://tools.suckless.org/sandy

Passpie lets you manage login credentials from the terminal with a coloroful/configurable cli interface:
http://marcwebbie.io/passpie/

Talky - simple video chat and screen sharing for small groups:

https://talky.io/

http://www.shotcut.org/
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.

"... Tomb is an 100% free and open source system for file encryption on GNU/Linux, facilitating the backup of secret files. Tomb is written in code that is easy to review and links commonly shared components ...":

https://www.dyne.org/software/tomb/

Semantik (formerly kdissert) is a mind-mapping tool that helps creating documents such as reports or presentations:

http://ita1024.github.io/semantik/

 

VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vym/

 

Labyrinth is a lightweight mind-mapping tool:

https://github.com/labyrinth-team/labyrinth

Fish Fillets NG is strictly a puzzle game. The goal in every of the seventy levels is always the same: find a safe way out. The fish utter witty remarks about their surroundings, the various inhabitants of their underwater realm quarrel among themselves or comment on the efforts of your fish:

http://fillets.sourceforge.net/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fillets/

 

Subrosa is an encrypted communication platform:
https://subrosa.io/

 

Traccar is an open source GPS tracking system for various GPS tracking devices. System supports more than 80 different communication protocols from popular vendors:
https://www.traccar.org/

"... Suplemon is a modern, slick and intuitive console text editor with multi cursor support. Suplemon replicates Sublime Text style functionality in the terminal with the ease of use of Nano ...":
https://github.com/richrd/suplemon

Taskwarrior is Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from your command line:

http://taskwarrior.org/

 

FlatPress is a blogging engine that saves your posts as simple text files:

http://flatpress.org/home/

https://github.com/mydzor/bash2048 (offline version)

 

"... ne is a free (GPL'd) text editor based on the POSIX standard that runs (we hope) on almost any UN*X machine. ne is easy to use for the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most sparing in its resource usage. If you have the resources and the patience to use emacs or the right mental twist to use vi then probably ne is not for you ...":

http://ne.di.unimi.it/

 

"... Lightspark is an LGPLv3 licensed Flash player and browser plugin written in C++/C that runs on Linux. It aims to support Adobe's newer Flash formats and AVM2 virtual machine ...":

http://lightspark.github.io/

 

2048 - a game:

http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

 

"... X-Moto is a challenging 2D motocross platform game, where physics plays an all important role in the gameplay. You need to control your bike to its limits, if you want to have a chance to finish the most difficult challenges ...":

http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/

 

LiSpeak is a simple voice command system for Ubuntu and other linux distros:

http://lispeak.bmandesigns.com/

 

Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms:
http://libgdx.badlogicgames.com/

LanguageTool is an Open Source proof­reading program for English, French, German, Polish, and more than 20 other languages:
https://languagetool.org/

Groove Basin is a music player server with a web-based user interface inspired by Amarok 1.4:
http://groovebasin.com/

 

Fusilli is an OpenGL compositing window manager for the X Window System. It is a fork of Compiz (0.8):

https://github.com/noodlylight/fusilli

wego is a weather client for the terminal:

https://github.com/schachmat/wego

Fort - Password Manager:

http://www.ideabyte.net/fort/

PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt126211.aspx

 

"... AcidRip is an automated front end for MPlayer/Mencoder written in Perl, using Gtk2::Perl for a graphical interface. Makes encoding a DVD just one button click ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/acidrip/

"... Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio ...":

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

 

"... Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, sets, lists, vectors, matrices and tensors. Maxima yields high precision numerical results by using exact fractions, arbitrary-precision integers and variable-precision floating-point numbers. Maxima can plot functions and data in two and three dimensions ...":

http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

 

Visual Studio Code - build and debug modern web and cloud applications:

https://code.visualstudio.com/

"... SlideCrunch is a "Swiss Army knife" for anything related to the management of slide-based presentations. It can be used to produce slideshows from multiple input files. Moreover, if you provide information regarding slide duration or text, it can also generate annotated handouts, mixing scripts for producing a timed video and even matching subtitles ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/slidecrunch/

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